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A Wainwright Walk with Julia Bradbury: Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

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Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
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Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
© The Outdoor Guide
Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
© The Outdoor Guide
Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
© The Outdoor Guide

Walk Details
Alfred Wainwright was an author, guide writer, talented artist and one of the greatest fell walkers.

The Lake District is a land defined by its natural beauty, this walk is a real Wainwright experience. It is the place he chose as his final resting place and the fell which he took his last walk.

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This walk ascents from Gatesgarth Farm, then turns away from Buttermere up Scarth Gap Pass that leads you through Low and High Wax Knott. Then there are a variety of different paths here that lead you up to the cairn at Haystacks.

As you reach the summit, take a moment to pause and take in the views. It’s easy to understand why Wainwright wanted this vista for eternity.

Our walk finishes on the summit. From here you will either need to retrace your steps back to where we began – or consult your map for how to get to your next destination.

Wainwright’s verdict “A place of great charm and fairyland attractiveness.

Carpark: Parking, Keswick CA12 5XJ

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Windermere, Penrith

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".